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Old 01-21-2014, 07:12 PM   #1
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Foxface Sensitive to bright light?

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Just introduced my foxface about 5 days ago, and his coloration hasn't improved at all, he always seems stressed. I know it has only been 5 days, but I figured by now he'd at least be getting a little more comfortable. He swims around a lot, and eats, but the top half of his body is always dark brown. When only the ambient room light is on, he seems so much happier and less tense. Then when the bright T5's are on, his coloration turns brown and he always seems on edge.

Should I slowly be acclimating him to light? Maybe dim it down a bit then slowly increase it a bit?

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Old 01-21-2014, 10:55 PM   #2
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Does your light fade on or just click on?

How did you acclimate him to your tank? Some fish take longer than others to get use to things. Do you have plenty of rocks set up for him to hide in. The more caves and places you have for them to hide the more your fish will stay out and swim.
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The light clicks on, if T5's could fade on that would be so cool.

There are plenty of olaces for him to hide. I'll give him a little while, I just hate seeing him constantly flare and have a dull color
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:16 PM   #4
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ive currently got T5s that flick on/off and have a foxface and hes always fine.....

But I had a friend who had a foxface that was consistently on edge for 2 weeks or so then it slowly got better as well.

The lights would be stressing it out but I guess if you wait it out like my friend then its possible the foxface would start to get used to it
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:03 AM   #5
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mine is like that to.when I turn the light on his color is dark and spotty and his fins are raised up like its going to sting the others but in a hour he is fine
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If he's eating, I wouldn't worry about it. He'll get used to it.
FYI, there are dimmable T5 fixtures. I believe ATI makes them.
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I picked up from a LFS that got too large for another's aquarium. When I introduced into my DT he hid in one corner and wouldn't come out. Left him in my Refugium for 3 weeks before he started acting normal. Good luck!
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Well I guess since he's eating well I won't worry yet, thanks!!
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Its been a few weeks and this is still what he looks like 24/7. He still eats well but I cant figure out what his problem is. His color was more normal in a 10g qt tank. Params are great and hes just with a pair of clowns

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[QUOTE=George9;2828003]Its been a few weeks and this is still what he looks like 24/7. He still eats well but I cant figure out what his problem is. His color was more normal in a 10g qt tank. Params are great and hes just with a pair of clowns

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Certainly looks stress related, my FF only does that when he's stressed during water changes etc
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